Suppose all planets were created by trainee angels in an expansionist universe wherein senior angels check periodically to ensure all is proceeding well in the new worlds.

And suppose one trainee angel of particularly creative bent came up with the idea of leaving a planet to evolve, in the certainty that whatever emerged would move towards perfection.

And then suppose that, after a few millennia, the senior angels asked for an update and were horrified by the warring nature of the inhabitants.

That is pretty much the plot of Errors of Eden in a nutshell, but it only hints at the humour that Helen has injected into the asides and discussions as she creates a vision of a Heaven that runs like a corporate think tank, complete with nectar breaks for time out when the sessions begin to get ‘heavy’.

The book would suit young adults or enquiring-minded earlier teens (and those who may enjoy a lighthearted take on creationism-v-evolution) and includes some brief informative snippets on the development of philosophy, science and world history.

I found myself wondering how Helen would wrap up this intriguing report card on human development and our failure to move beyond ego, greed, and armed intervention.

Her ending fits the bill, completing the book’s vision of Heaven’s ‘line of least resistance’ reasoning.

Judith Pembleton, Queensland Regional Meeting

Helen Gael, Errors of Eden, published by Zeus Publications, 2017,

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